Over a five-year stretch from 1978 to 1982, Gorman Thomas hit more home runs than any other batter in the American League, 175. That figure was well ahead of his closest competitors: Reggie Jackson (151), Jim Rice (150), and Eddie Murray (138). In all of baseball, only Mike Schmidt (180) had more homers than Gorman during that time.
Thomas was often criticized for his strikeouts (he fanned 175 times in 1979 and 170 more in 1980). In that era striking out was much more frowned on than it would be years later. But Thomas didn’t seem to care, and most Brewers’ fans didn’t care either. Thomas helped fill the middle of the Milwaukee batting order, teaming with Robin Yount, Cecil Cooper, Ben Oglivie, and Ted Simmons.